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Former UFC light heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz have been tapped as rival coaches for the eleventh season of ?The Ultimate Fighter? on Spike TV, the promotion announced on Saturday.
Ortiz and Liddell will coach opposing teams comprised of middleweight hopefuls, then meet in a rubber match at the conclusion of TUF 11. Liddell has won both of the previous encounters, earning a second-round knockout against Ortiz at UFC 47 in April 2004 and a third-round technical knockout at UFC 66 in December 2006.
Following an 18-month absence, Ortiz, 34, lost a close split decision to Forrest Griffin at UFC 106 on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas.
Liddell, 39, has been knocked out in his last two appearances in the Octagon, leading UFC President Dana White to announce the fighter?s retirement for him following his April loss to Mauricio ?Shogun? Rua. In the interim, Liddell starred on ABC?s ?Dancing With the Stars.?
?At the end of the day, I?m not his dad,? said White of Liddell?s return. ?The guy?s a legend in the sport. He?s beat the who?s who of mixed martial arts here and in the Pride organization. To tell him he can?t have one more shot is tough to do.?
Both have appeared on the reality show during past seasons. Liddell coached the first season of series opposite Randy Couture in early 2005. Ortiz was the season three coach opposite Ken Shamrock in mid 2006.
TUF 11 will shoot in Las Vegas in early 2010 and debut on Spike TV beginning on March 31.
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become."
I'm stoked for just about everything other then the actual coaches fight in this one. Now, we don't have a title being held up by the show, we have actual rivals, so it's more interesting TV, etc. It's not a perfect coaches match up, but it's pretty good.
Jacob Schlottke---Gone too soon, and the world is a little less bright because of it. RIP, brother.
Excellent. Tie up a couple of guys who are not relevant and let the contenders and champs fight it out. I probably wont watch a whole lot of the next TUF, but at least we wont have any titles put on hold either. Good job Dana thank you for not messing up any division over this show.
I think that the need to have a rivalry / hatred between coaches is unecessary. The Rampage/Rashad trash talking was extremely overdone last season.
I like the show when they show prospects and we get to know them a little bit, show how these guys train, and we also get to see some of the coaches personality. Hopefully there are also some good fights in the mix as well.
I don't like TUF as a vehicle to sell a fight, although it did work for me with Henderson/Bisping.